Christmas is about a week away, and maybe you’re not quite done with your holiday shopping. It’s a fun time of year to give gifts to those you love, regardless of what you celebrate. The hustle and bustle of this time of year and PRESSURE of finding the perfect gift can be overwhelming, especially for the hard-to-buy-for people on your list.
As an awkward girl, I know it can be hard to find the perfect gift for those introverts out there. And maybe, just maybe, you’ve put off buying for those people on your list. Well, I’m here with some ideas that are quick and doable even if you need something ASAP (even if ASAP is tomorrow… I don’t know your life but I know my life and things happen).
All these gifts can be easy and doable in different price ranges. I also kept with things that you hopefully won’t have to pay for super expedited shipping and cross your fingers that everything arrives on time (let’s be honest… we’ve all been there).
An awkwardness- free opportunity to see friends is an easy present with no shipping and handling.
This is a simple gift but it can mean so much to your favorite awkward introvert. Though I need some alone time in my life, I love hanging out with friends and family. One of my big weaknesses, however, is asking people to hang out because I get so worried they don’t want to hang out with me. I’m bad at initiating a hangout session. If someone gifted me a lunch out or a platonic move date, I’d be thrilled. You can pick a place that is related to your awkward girl’s interests but that she wouldn’t go to alone or just plan a chill day at your place. Make a little card or buy the tickets or a gift certificate. Plan an afternoon or a weekend. This can also fit in most price ranges which is awesome!
Tap into favorite memories to pick a gift that will delight and surprise.
If you’ve known the awkward girl on your list for a while, pulling from your memories with them can inspire your gifts. Think the teapot Jim gives Pam in the early years of The Office (or pretty much any gift Leslie gives in Parks and Rec). Gift a memento or something you enjoyed in your younger days. Creating an album or some other photo gift is always an option too. You can lean sentimental or silly, but a memory gift allows the receiver to feel known and loved.
Don’t have a wealth of memories to pull from? Utilize a family member or spouse to still utilize a photo gift that brings up memories, even if you didn’t experience them yourself.
Handmade gifts are a personal and heartfelt gesture.
I know that “it’s the thought that counts” is a cliche, but it comes from a real yearning. It feels nice that someone has put real thought and effort into a gift no matter what it is. That’s why homemade gifts can be a great last-minute option. If you’re crafty, you can make something lovely. for example, I’ve knitted washcloths and sewn eye pillows. The magic of the internet allows you to find ideas and tutorials for almost anything. Cooking/ baking something is always nice too… who doesn’t love a delicious homemade treat?
If you’re not very crafty or a mess in the kitchen, check out options to purchase homemade goods from local shops, craft fairs, bakeries and the like. You’ll be supporting local makers and you’ll have a thoughtful gift to give.
She wants to stay in- help her keep it cozy!
Listen, any introvert will tell you that a night at home is a personal favorite. You don’t ever have to worry about being awkward or weird in your own space. So anything that provides a chance to make that chill time even cozier is an awkward girl’s dream. Soft blankets, pj’s, warm slippers or socks, a nice candle, and bath products are all relatively easy to find but always a win in my book. There are a lot of jokes about giving socks or a generic candle as a present, but they clearly weren’t written by me because I always love those gifts (As I type I’m wearing cozy slipper socks I got a couple of years ago… I rave about them all the time). And to be honest, not everyone is good about getting themselves items that are purely for comfort, which is why getting it as a gift is nice. Just try to pick something that’s not too generic- you can always find something that ties into their likes/ interests.
Keep the cozy option in mind for next year, too. Places like Etsy sell all sorts of candles, bath bombs and other cozy goodies that tie into someone’s favorite book, movie, TV show. This sort of thing always makes me feel extra good because someone chose something very related to my interests.
Give the gift of mail that’s tailor-made for her interests!
Ok… so I know Jelly of the Month club is another cliche joke about bad gifts, but hear me out! Subscription boxes are a BIG THING now and they offer a gift that keeps giving. Have the boxes sent directly to your awkward girl’s house means you don’t have to wrap anything or carry it along! Plus you can find a subscription box for almost any interest including books, makeup, cause-related goods, teas/coffees, snacks, food, almost anything. Having something lovely delivered right to my door is such a pleasant surprise and totally awkward girl approved. Even if you only purchase one month, it’s a nice way to get a tailored gift without all the work (and on a deadline… *REMINDER: YOU ONLY HAVE ONE WEEK).